2007

New library patrons: 26,881
Total number of patrons: 163,194
Number of Items checked out: 6,471,935
Number of reference questions answered: 329,348
Number of people who visited our libraries: 1,727,852
Number of items in our collection: 717,023
Online Database searches: 105,037
Total Attendance at Programs & Events: 149,743
Total reading program registrants: 27,672
Total staff: 332
Volunteer hours: 22,723
Website visits: 900,000+, with over 4 million individual web pages viewed at DouglasCountyLibraries.org

Douglas County Libraries became the third-largest library system in Colorado, and ranked second in Colorado for materials checkout (circulation). The Neighborhood Library at Lone Tree circulates 1 million items annually for the first time.

At least 79% of all Douglas County households had at least one library card.

The Douglas County Libraries Literacy Department was established. Their Mission: “The Literacy Department provides enrichment for all ages through various language development programs. Our goal is to bring together community partnerships to create a rich environment for learning and personal growth. The foundation for all Literacy Department activities is the recognition of the value of reading.” A partnership between the department, and the Douglas County School District was forged, to coordinate a series of English-as-a-Second-Language family literacy events.

The library district initiated a new annual signature event: a celebration of Children’s Book Week. Children’s author, Kate McMullan, was the guest of honor.

The Sixth Annual Shakespeare Festival experienced record-breaking crowds, with live performances of Hamlet in Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch.

The Sixth Annual Teen Battle of the Bands was held in O’Brien Park in Parker. “Saving Daylight” won the Judge’s Panel award; Stilwel won the People’s Choice award.

Douglas County Libraries partnered with the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival for the sixth year running to present A Summer Evening of Stories at the Wildlife Experience.

The library district’s request for a mill levy increase was defeated by 212 votes in the November election. While this was the closest election in Douglas County history, only 38% of eligible voters showed up at the polls on Election Day.

RFID sorters were installed at all full-time branches in order to cut circulation costs dramatically. Circulation staff undergoes patron service training, and moves out onto the library floor to assist patrons directly.

Douglas County Libraries and the Town of Parker partner for an architectural competition. The architects were asked to design a library and cultural arts center for downtown Parker. Humphries Poli Architects wins.

The Bookmobile added new routes in 2007, with stops in Castle Pines North, Meridian and Parker.

Douglas County Libraries launched emedia2Go. The online service offers downloadable audiobooks, music and video.

The Douglas County History Research Center celebrated 15 years of collecting and preserving the historical record and collective memory of Douglas County, the High Plains, and the Divide area of the Front Range of Colorado.

Douglas County Libraries was a recipient of the 2007 John Cotton Dana Award (established in 1946). The award is the American Library Association’s “most prestigious award,” and honors outstanding library public relations. Douglas County Libraries was recognized for the skillful promotion of the Page to Stage Productions literary theatre tour. In 2006, the play Miss Nelson is Missing publicized the “Mysterious Summer” reading program and library cards, while delighting over 10,000 audience members at 32 schools and libraries. Prior to school performances, teachers received a classroom study guide with information and activities that specifically matched state educational standards, while promoting the fundamental value of the public library. According to the awards committee, Douglas County Libraries was honored because, “The library used the unique power of live theater, connected with children’s literature as an outreach tool. A professional production based on James Marshall’s popular book, Miss Nelson is Missing, reached over 10,000 children in schools and libraries throughout the county, driving up summer reading participation by 10 percent and doing it all for a cost of less than $1 per audience member.” In recognition, winners of the 2007 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award received a $3,000 cash grant from the H.W. Wilson Foundation.

Douglas County Libraries won an L. Percy Award from the Library Public Relations Council, as well as a second honorable mention award in the competition, for their outstanding public relations and design work. Douglas County Libraries was also invited to share their promotional designs in the Library Public Relations Council’s “Share the Wealth” program.